Blog: Melia's Take

I’m Paul Melia, President and CEO of the CCES. I’m also a parent, coach, sports fan and player. Like many of you, I’m passionate about sport.

Professionally, I work with people from all walks of life, from across Canada and internationally, to help create an environment for sport to live up to its potential to be the positive public asset that Canadians want.

As a parent and coach, I’m always striving to maintain the healthy tensions between having fun and being the best I can be. As a sport participant and a fan, I understand how easy it is to get carried away by the emotional turbulence of the moment.

This blog is written from the many perspectives that make up sport….

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The World Anti-Doping Code is being revised – have your say

How does the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code) affect you? You may not even realize that it does, let alone how it does. In Canada, the Code is brought into force through the Canadian Anti Doping Program (CADP). If your sport organization has adopted the CADP into your rules, then you are...Read more

Losing our way...

The child abuse scandal currently unfolding at Penn State University is an important lesson in the tragic consequences that can result when sport loses its way. What happened to these young boys did not happen on a field of play; but what happened to these young boys most certainly happened in...Read more

Hazing – A misguided, outdated and barbaric ritual

And yet again, another incident of hazing in Canadian sport. This time, it occurred on a Manitoba junior hockey team and thankfully the Manitoba Junior Hockey League has acted swiftly and sternly in response… Or have they?

The nature of the hazing ritual in this instance is not clear....Read more

New sheriff in the NHL

There’s a new sheriff in the NHL and so far I like his style. Brendan Shanahan is the new head of discipline and he seems to have brought a refreshingly new approach to his job – apply the rules and make the punishment for rule breakers act as a real deterrent to the rule breaker and to all...Read more

Less emphasis on winning...

On the heels of the Canadian women’s soccer team’s disappointing performance at this year’s World Cup in Germany, I read an editorial by Jason de Vos which offered up reasons why he thought the women had not done as well as expected. Here is a link to that editorial:...Read more

Good things...

Sometimes good things come out of bad situations. Such is the case with the NFL player-management impasse. It appears that in the wake of this work stoppage, the NFL is now taking a serious look at involving the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in the carrying out of their anti-doping program. It...Read more

'Match fixing' fixes nothing

Fame and fortune are often cited as two of the most significant extrinsic rewards fuelling doping in sport. One of these two culprits, fortune, is also driving another insidious threat to true sport. That threat is match fixing, driven by gambling on sporting contests. I noticed in today’s news...Read more

Where have all the heroes gone?

I was browsing the newspapers this morning and came across a rare article in the sports section – it was a story about a professional athlete and it wasn’t about doping or violence or greed or gambling. It was actually about an athlete who appears to be an incredibly positive role model. An...Read more

Lose the Battle, Win the War

In December 2009, a public opinion poll found that 73 per cent of Canadians supported including women’s ski jumping in the Olympics, specifically the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. That month, a group of female ski jumper’s asked the Supreme Court of Canada to rule on the British Columbia Supreme...Read more

Strike at the root causes

Doping continues to represent one of the most serious threats to sport and the many benefits sport produces for its participants and our communities. Those who choose to cheat by doping, from the athlete to the coach, doctor, supplier and on through to the manufacturer, are becoming more...Read more

Heads in the Sand

Looks like the issue of head shots in hockey is getting some traction, even among the NHL top brass who it appears may be taking their heads out of the sand. A five-point plan from the NHL is under development to address the problem of hits to the head. I’m not sure, however, what’s wrong with...Read more

What will it take?

Apparently for Mike Murphy and the NHL brain-trust, it will take a death to get their attention. Or, maybe even then they will shrug their shoulders and say it’s a violent game. First Sidney Crosby and now Max Pacioretty. And what is the NHL brass’ response, “just a hockey play.” Interesting,...Read more

Head shots have no place in hockey.

No less than Mario Lemieux has spoken out on violence in the game of hockey. How many more injuries and entertaining (in the way a car crash might be) but embarrassing incidents like the recent Islander/Penguins dust up need to happen before the NHL takes any meaningful action? The place to...Read more